Adult Books

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
Clichés: What They Mean and Where They Came From

By Patrick Scrivenor

Subject: Reference
paper-over-board | 176 pages | 5 3/8 x 8 x 11/16
US$14.99 | CAN$15.99
Publication Date: 2012-10-11
ISBN: 9781606525678
EBOOK: 9781606525557

Witty and informative, this entertaining book takes a look at clichés—from the once useful to the totally pointless.

Clichés, those trite little phrases that often get a point across quickly and efficiently, have become such a familiar part of the English language and people’s everyday speech. This entertaining book takes an in-depth look at hundreds of these common expressions in their many forms—where they came from, what they mean, how they’ve evolved over time, and their prominence in today’s society.  Inside you’ll discover hundreds explored and explained, such as . . .  

  • "Thinking outside the box"
  • "All hands on deck”"
  • "My way or the highway"
  • "To be perfectly honest"
  • Technical terms, like "collateral damage" and "pushing the envelope"

And many others!

You’ll quickly discover why this fun little compendium is truly the best thing since sliced bread!


Patrick Scrivenor has been a writer and editor of many years, and also works as a gamekeeper in Kent. His books include, Egg on Your Interface: A Dictionary of Modern Nonsense (1989), and he was a writer and researcher on Purnell’s History of the Second World War.